May 22

F1: Montezemolo denies tension with Alonso at Ferrari

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Thursday 22 May 2014. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari F14T. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _FER1586

Fernando Alonso wheels his Ferrari F14T around the circuit in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso caused something of a stir yesterday when asked about a recent comment from Mercedes boss Dieter Zetsche to the effect that the Spaniard was the best driver in the world.

Alonso responded by saying that it was always good to hear such comments from outsiders –and pointed out, somewhat enigmatically, that he didn’t always feel such support from closer to home.

May 21

F1: Vettel pays tribute to Sir Jack Brabham

during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2010 in Sakir, Bahrain.

Sebastian Vettel meets Sir Jack Brabham during the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit on March 14, 2010. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel is known for having a greater appreciation of F1 history than many of his colleagues, and today the German demonstrated that when he paid tribute to the late Sir Jack Brabham.

He acknowledged that the Australian’s feat of winning the World Championship in his own car (the 1966 Brabham BT19) was a special one.

May 21

16-Year-Old Confirmed for History-Making Run at Le Mans

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The No. 41 team has finished fourth place in both FIA WEC LMP2 races so far in 2014. (Photo: John Brooks/Greaves Motorsport)

History will be set at the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans when 16-year-old Matt McMurry becomes the youngest driver ever to participate in motorsports’ most famous endurance race.

The culmination of a long-held childhood dream, McMurry will beat the 55-year-old record held by Ricardo Rodriguez, who was 17 years and four months when he drove an OSCA S750 in 1959 at Le Mans.

May 21

F1: Rosberg looks to end Hamilton winning streak in Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wednesday 21 May 2014. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG. World Copyright: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _J5R6411

Nico Rosberg in the paddock in Monte Carlo, Monaco on Wednesday, 21 May 2014. (Photo: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic)

Nico Rosberg says he’s not worried about Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton seizing the initiative with his run of four wins over the past four races.

“I’m not too focused on that,” he said of losing the championship lead in Spain. “Of course I would prefer to be ahead than behind but it’s very, very close and there still a long way to go.

May 21

Formula 1: Maldonado denies rumors that his financial backing is under threat

Monte Carlo, Monaco. Wednesday 21 May 2014. Pastor Maldonado, Lotus F1, is interviewed. World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic. ref: Digital Image _FER0713

Pastor Maldonado has had a difficult season with Lotus in 2014, leading many to speculate whether the Venezualan would be able to keep his ride if he lost his financial backing. (Photo: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado has denied suggestions that his PDVSA backing is under threat, after Venezuela’s sports minister said that there would be no more support for the country’s racing drivers.

Maldonado insisted that Antonio Alvarez had nothing to do with PDVSA’s sponsorship of Lotus.